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“We Cannot Afford Minimum Wage For Zamfara Workers” – Matawalle

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Zamfara state Governor, Bello Matawalle has called on civil servants in the state to be careful and realistic in their agitation for the implementation of the minimum wage.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that the Governor dropped the hint yesterday night when he hosted the leadership of all the 36 trade unions in the state under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress to the breaking of the Ramadan fast at his Gusau residence.

The Governor told the civil servants that “Zamfara, which is one of the least collectors of monthly federal allocation has over ₦1.6 billion deducted from source to service the debts it inherited from the past administration.

The Governor said, “Every month, the state is left with between ₦1.8 billion and ₦1.3 billion to pay salaries to its over 28,000 workers as well as to execute government’s activities.”

He however assured them that he would not sack the workforce in order not to jeopardize homes and dependants.

He also commended the workers for their understanding and commitment to duty, assuring them that he would continue to meet their demands as well as pay their full monthly salaries without delay.

He enjoined workers in the state to look inwards, diversify and start businesses that would form a fallback for them in retirement.

The Governor said his administration was working on a programme to register and issue certificates on all public and private properties in the state which could be used in securing bank loans by interested workers to establish their own businesses which they can use in sustaining their lives after retirement.

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Teenager Drags Father To Police Over Alleged Defilement

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A 14-year-old girl (name withheld) has reported her father to the men of the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defiling her.

It was gathered that the incident happened in the Ikorodu area of the state and police operatives attached to Ipakodo Division, Ikorodu, have since arrested the teenager’s father, one 45-year-old Kayode Adeyanju.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, made this known in a statement on Monday titled, ‘Lagos Police Arrest Man For Defiling Daughter.

“The survivor personally reported the case at Ipakodo Police Station, Ikorodu on the 7th June, 2021, after her horrible ordeal in the hands of her father and the police operatives arrested the suspect.

“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the act and ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Command for further investigation,” the statement partly read.

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“Sen. Lola Ashiru Is A Great Democrat, Committed To Service” – AbdulRazaq

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Senator Oyelola Ashiru on his 66th birthday anniversary, calling him “a great democrat, an accomplished technocrat, and a fine parliamentarian who is committed to the service of his community and fatherland”.

In a congratulatory message for the senator representing Kwara South, the Governor called him a team player and a statesman who has used his expertise and experience as an A-list architect to promote Kwara for decades. He is one of the state’s success stories in the private sector.

“On behalf of the people and government of Kwara State, I join family, friends and associates of the distinguished senator to celebrate him as he added another year. He stands out for his long-standing passion to serve the public. Apart from his outstanding legislative performance, which is the primary function of a lawmaker, Senator Ashiru has also made significant interventions in human and infrastructural development, which serve to complement our efforts as an administration back home. We thank him for that, and for his commitments to the Otoge ideals,” the statement said.

“I pray Almighty Allah to preserve Architect Ashiru on the path of good, and grant him more strength, good health, and required wisdom in his continued efforts to serve humanity.”

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FG To Open Second Niger Bridge By February 2022

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The Nigerian government has released a date for the opening to traffic of the 2nd Niger Bridge.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive of National Inland Waterways, NIWA, George Moghalu, announced that the 2nd Niger Bridge will be opened to traffic from February 2022.

He said: “By February next year 2022, the new 2nd Niger Bridge will be opened for vehicular use.

“President Muhammadu Buhari had flagged off the construction of the eastern rail line at Port Harcourt. This will traverse all states in the South-East.

Moghalu reiterated that the administration is committed to transforming the lives of all Nigerians, including those of the South-East.

“The bathymetric survey of the rivers that share a common course is targeted at opening up enormous economic and agricultural activities to boost commercial activities in Anambra State.

“This would also restore the historic water transportation along the course like in the past, which would also reduce pressure on our roads infrastructure, Moghalu added.

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